According to Vin Diesel, the late co-star Paul Walker had sent John Cena to meet him on the set of the upcoming action film F9: “I felt like he sent him to the shrine.”
Vin Diesel said his late castmate Paul Walker sent John Cena to meet him on the set of the upcoming film F9.
The 53-year-old actor sat down for an interview with Nate Burleson for Extra recently to promote the upcoming action feature and gave a sneak peek into the decision behind the casting of the WWE star.
The Bloodshot actor noted that he and the F9 development team had long debated who should play his brother Dominic Toretto’s sibling without coming up with a firm answer.
Saying His Opinion: In a recent interview, Vin Diesel said that his late castmate Paul Walker had sent John Cena to meet him on the set of the upcoming film F9
“We started talking about the role of brother early on. When it came time to cast something, it became a mystery that was so hard to answer, ”he said.
Diesel also stated that given their diverse backgrounds, the team could pick virtually anyone they wanted for the part, which made the search all the more difficult.
“Every actor was thought of … because I’m multicultural, every single actor could be my brother,” he recalled.
However, the XXX actor told Burleson that he had finally reached a conclusion about the casting, noting that his decision was “made in two seconds”.
Difficult time: The performer found that finding an actor to play his character’s brother “became a mystery so difficult to answer”. He can be seen with Walker in 2009
When he knew it, he knew it: The XXX actor then noticed that after a long period of deliberation, his final decision “was made in two seconds”.
Diesel stated that while getting into Toretto’s mindset, he met the professional wrestler and immediately sensed that his late co-star had prepared their meeting.
“I have a dojo, a cathedral shrine, in which I would put myself in the shoes of the character and put myself into a state of mind …[Cena] Came to meet me one day and I had to tell you … I had a feeling Pablo, Paul Walker, had sent him to the shrine, ”he said.
The actor added, “I didn’t question it at all. I said, “That’s the brother.”
The performer went on to talk about how F9’s multiple delays only increased the public’s enthusiasm for the feature’s release, and how he was right there with the audience.
“I had to somehow contain my excitement for the year in anticipation of this,” he said.
Right here and there: Diesel noticed he ran into Cena when stepping into the character and immediately felt like Walker had intended the two to meet
Diesel also went on to explain how he noted that fans of the Fast And Furious franchise were thrilled to see the upcoming entry in the series on the big screen and appreciated the joy of watching a movie with other people.
“You know, we’ve been watching entertainment from the couch for a long time and … we didn’t expect how much we’d miss being entertained in a collective,” he remarked.
F9 will currently celebrate its world premiere on May 19th and release to the general public on June 25th.
The development of two more films in the Fast And Furious franchise has already been confirmed and Diesel will return for both.
Group Experience: Diesel also spoke about how he noted that many fans of the Fast And Furious franchise failed to “be entertained in a collective”.
Future Releases: While F9 will celebrate its world premiere next month, two more films have been confirmed in the action series, with the XXX actor starring in both